British driver Jonny Edgar will not continue his FIA Formula 3 Championship season due to health reasons. The 18-year-old will be replaced at Trident by Oliver Rasmussen.
The decision has been taken by the driver himself, together with his family, management, Red Bull, and Trident Motorsport, who all believe that recovery is the absolute priority for him. Everyone wishes Edgar all of the best in his recovery.
Trident Team Manager Giacomo Ricci said: “It is with great regret that we say goodbye to Jonny Edgar, and we wish him the quickest possible recovery. Since the start of the season, he was weakened by physical issues, but he fought like a lion. He did not back down and continued to race.
“However, his conditions necessitate a break from his competitive activity to support his recovery. Jonny always gave his maximum to the team, he has a fantastic family and is a wonderful guy.”
Rasmussen will make his Trident debut at the upcoming test in Jerez. It will be the Danish driver’s second season in F3, having spent 2021 with HWA RACELAB.
The Danish racer had stepped up after finishing third in the 2020 Formula Regional European Championship. He won six times and took a further seven podiums, finishing inside of the points in every race he started.
The 21-year-old had initially stepped up to single-seaters with Jenzer Motorsport in the 2018 Italian Formula 4 Championship, before switching to PREMA for a second season at that level, where he finished seventh with two podiums. He also has experience in ADAC F4 and the Toyota Racing Series.
Ricci continued: “Oliver Rasmussen will be replacing Edgar. He is a quick and experienced driver, and we are proud to welcome him to the Trident Motorsport family.
“I am sure that he will quickly gain the chemistry needed to gel with the team, making the most of the four days of testing between Jerez and Barcelona, which will be followed by the round at Imola. We will put up our best effort to help Oliver and we are sure that he will provide a great contribution to the team.”
On signing for Trident, Rasmussen said: ”I am delighted to line up for the upcoming events of the FIA Formula 3 Championship with Trident Motorsport. Joining the line-up of the reigning champion team is something that only happens a handful of times in a driver’s career, and I want to make the most out of this chance.
“I want to thank Trident Motorsport for the opportunity and Jota Sport for their continued support. I will give my 100 per cent on track to reward the trust that Trident Motorsport has placed in me, and I cannot wait to wear the team’s colours."